NEWS & Events FROM
WEST NIDAROS LUTHERAN
From the Church Office:
Next Newsletter Deadline: Feb.19.
Thanks to everyone who braved the
weather conditions to have their por-
traits taken! If you did not come in for
a portrait, we still want your photo in
the directory! Please send a current
From the Record Book
photo to the church.
We will let you know when the direc- JANUARY 2010
tories are in!
Baptisms: Cali Ann Ramstad, daughter of Brenda and Jason
West Nidaros Lutheran Church
Ramstad was baptized January 24, 2009. Her sponsors were Todd
25403 471st Avenue Frerichs and Nick and Staci Swier.
Crooks, SD 57020 (605) 543-5215
Wedding: Jamie Lynn Iseminger and John Arnold Odde were
Nancy Dunn, Secretary married January 16, 2010.
Office hours: Mon.– Fri. 9:00am-1:00pm
Webpage including Online Calendar:
Members 80 years and older for FEBRUARY Birthdays
Pat Lehrer (605)543-5215 Feb. 19 Violet Wehde (A special 85th Birthday Celebration is
email@example.com planned for the Feb. 14th at 9:15 am coffee time in the dining room.)
Director of Youth and Family Ministry
Jessi Rakness (605) 413-8412
2/17 4:30 & 7:00 pm Ash Wednesday at West Nidaros
2/24 7:00 pm at West Nidaros
3/1 7:00 pm at Benton
3/10 7:00 pm at Willow Creek
3/17 7:00 pm at Benton
The Genesis of our Faith:
Adult Bible Study
Ever wondered why there were 2 stories of creation in the
Bible? Or why Muslims, along with Christians and Jews,
trace their religious ancestry back to Abraham? Or how
the Israelites ended up in Egypt prior to the time of Moses?
If you’re intrigued by these questions and want to learn
more about the early people in the Bible, then this study is
for you! Join Pastor Pat at 7 PM for twoTuesday evenings
in February, as we look at the first book of the Bible. We’ll
begin with the Creation story, work our way through the flood and Noah’s Ark, hear God’s
promise to Abraham and see how God fulfills his promise of a chosen people. We’ll also see
how family dysfunction is as old as humankind, and yet cannot prevent God from using sinful
people for his divine purposes! No previous Bible Study needed.
2/2 Genesis 24-35 Isaac and the Twins
2/9 Genesis 36-50 Sibling Rivalry!
News From Our Servicemen!
Dear West Nidaros,
Hello from Iraq!! I hope everyone
is doing well. Things over here are going as
Violet Wehde's well as can be expected. I would like to take
this opportunity to say thank you for all of the
85th Birthday thoughts, prayers and goodie boxes you have
sent me while I've been deployed here. I am
less than a month away from returning home
at 9:15 am and am greatly looking forward to my home
coming! It is a wonderful feeling to know I
Coffee and Fellowship not only have God in my corner but, all of you
also. I have tried, with no luck, to contact Dan
Burke as he is in the AOR (area of responsi-
Sunday, February 14th bility) also. I hope his deployment is going
well. In closing, I would just like to say thanks
Heritage Dining Room again for the prayers for me and my family
during this time and always. I continue to pray
for our congregation!!
No Gifts Please
2010 Benefit Luncheon for
Sun., Apr. 18, 2010
February 2nd at
9:00 am Lunch and program at 1:00 pm at CJ
Callaway’s, Sioux Falls
Room Increase your congregational participation by:
• Putting the Benefit event information in your
newsletters and bulletins.
• Appointing a congregational LSS Event Chair
• Notifying your congregational staff, church coun-
cil & committees now.
For more information contact Linda at LSS
605-357-0136 or 1-800-568-2401, ext. 136 or visit
Is a Wedding in Your Future?
Sat., March 6, 2010
Feb., 25, 14 Keeley Island Dr., Slayton, MN
Phone # 507-763-3567
We meet in the church library to dis-
cuss the book The Things They Carried Topics discussed:
by Tom O’Brien. • Personality types & living with differences.
This is a fictional memoir filled with • Communication skills & conflict resolution
interconnected stories about the peo- • Financial matters & budgeting
ple involved in the Vietnam conflict. • The spirituality of marriage.
Check out a book from the blue bag in This is NOT a “wedding fair”!
the library, and join us for an informal Registration is $25/couple, includes lunch. Register
discussion. All are welcome! by February 26th.
Wouldn't You Agree:
The world's children are too precious to lose to the
ravages of hunger.
Did You Know:
Areas of starvation overlap war zones almost ex-
actly. And recently an
earthquake has left Haiti in what the news media
compares to a war zone.
The nightly media coverage has been heartbreak-
The children and other survivors of this natural disaster will need all their strength to cling to
life. These survivors should not be robbed of hope and the ability to smile.
We Can Help:
The cookie jar offering thru February has been designated to helping the survivors in Haiti.
Many reputable organizations are also accepting donations for the many needed supplies and food.
We all can offer prayers.
We Can Help:
Evangelism & Missions
A residential-type dish-
washer for the down-
stairs kitchen was re-
cently purchased by
Thanks to the ladies who made the selection, Military Pictures Wanted
and especially to Matt & Lynette for all their work
in the installation. If you are in the military please submit a picture for
the picture directory.
Please get it to a member of Local Ministries or to
We encourage its use after Sunday coffee, etc. Pastor Pat. Thank You.
to ensure the sanitizing of the items used.
Lance Brekke Shirley McCormick
Margie Hanson Leo Falconer
Kris Christiansen Phyllis Falconer
December 16, 2009 2010 Budget process: Treasurer Mike Buchman handed out
copies of the proposed 2010 budget. Council members
President Darin Larson called the meeting to order at reviewed and discussed each line item. MSC by Pam/
7:05pm. Members present were Rueben Phillips, Sharon to pay $1,275.00 missionary support from 2009
Margaret Tidemann, Pam Hanson, Gwen Heyd, Mike budget to missionary support of the SD Synod since we
Buchman, Lance Brekke, Cheryl Anderson, Dennis currently do not have a missionary. MSC by Dennis/
Kappes, Sharon Hoekman, Duane Fritz, Wyn Johnson, Cheryl to approve the 2010 proposed budget as reviewed
Darin Larson, Carol Breitkreutz, Pastor Pat and Ron and revised for a total of $254,004.
Hegge. Devotions were led by Duane Fritz followed by Nominating committee: committee has met and started work
stating our mission statement together and selection of on recruiting new council members.
prayer partners. The council enjoyed Christmas treats Annual Report Deadline: All annual reports are due to
during the meeting provided by Pastor Pat. Nancy in the office by January 4, 2010.
Annual Meeting Lunch: Potluck lunch will be held prior to
MSC by Mike/Ron to approve agenda as presented with annual meeting. The council will be responsible for set-
the addition of item g) reception of new members under up and clean-up duties.
New Business. The treasurer’s and financial secretary’s Visioning Process: Pastor Pat spoke about the need for a
report were reviewed. The secretary’s report was three to five year vision plan. Sometime in January or
reviewed. MSC by Lance/Cheryl to approve the minutes February, we will plan to hold “fireside” chats or
as printed from the November meeting. Margaret and “cottage” meetings to decide what is next for West
Darin will continue to sell HyVee/Sunshine cards for the Nidaros.
remainder of December. No one has signed up for Endowment Committee Presentation Next Month:
January at the present time. Endowment committee will invite Kurt Osborne, of
ELCA giving, to the next meeting for a presentation on
Unfinished Business: planned giving.
Fundraising Task Force and Capital Campaign: Rueben New Members: MSC by Mike/Dennis to approve new
reported that mailings went out to all households to members Lori Millage and Amy Bisgard.
kick off our campaign named “Debt Free in Three”.
Cost of mailing and postage will be covered under Pastor Pat’s report, youth & family Ministry report and KMA
Administration KMA budget. committee reports were reviewed.
Parking Lot Update: Pastor Pat reported that we had
good use of the additional parking lot on Sunday, Special thanks: to Heather Kappes for coordinating the
December 13, during the Sunday School Christmas Sunday School Christmas Program and to all who helped with
program. The parking lot needs lights. They are it. Thanks to the Sioux Empire Brass for the wonderful
budgeted but due to frozen ground we may need to concert at West Nidaros. Thanks for Keith LaPour for the
wait until spring. Mike Buchman will talk to the design and logo for the new capital campaign. Thanks to all
Parking Lot Committee and report back on the who helped with the hanging of the greens. Thank you to
timeline for lights to be installed. those who helped with the placement of the garage. Thanks to
Remainder of Mission Funds: tabled the outgoing council members for their faithful service the
Sabbatical Planning Taskforce – no report past three years.
2011 Anniversary Celebration: Each KMA is asked
supply a representative for a planning committee. Next KMA Meetings: January 6, 2010 at 7pm.
Also, we will need involvement of the History Next Council Meeting: January 20, 2010 at 7pm.
Committee, Properties Committee and WELCA.
Volunteers as of now are Sharon Hoekman and MSC by Mike/Duane to adjourn meeting at 9:15pm with the
Shirley McCormick. The council will search for a Lords’ Prayer.
chairperson(s) and members for the planning
committee. Note taker: Carol Breitkreutz
Update on Team Practices: Only Properties committee Transcriptionist: Gwen Heyd
may take down and put up the basketball hoops in
the FLC. Only the approved times blocked for team
practices may be considered for rescheduling a
Wed., Feb. 24th
Wednesdays in February
following At 9:00 am
in the library
• 3 year old – 6th Grade Sunday School students
will be singing on Feb. 7th (Souper Bowl
Sat., Feb. 20 • NO Sunday School Feb. 14th
• Christian Ed is looking for a temporary helper
for music for Sunday School while Amy is re-
covering from surgery. Any help would be ap-
Primetime! preciated. Contact any Christian Ed commit-
Note new time!
Christian Ed. Committee
K E Y M I NI S T RY A RE AS MEETING NOTES for JANUARY 2009
ADMINISTRATION classroom (will keep an eye on this if happens
EVANGELISM & MISSION again)
• Set dates for serving Charis Food to You food pantry— Installed ten drop-down style door stops to doors in
March 11 & Oct.7 the FLC with intentions of getting more as they
work well for only a few dollars apiece.
• Serving the Banquet has been set for June 7,2010
Re-glued the transition strip between the storage
• Mosquito Net project Feb 28. if no problem with
room and the FLC flooring
Talked about the need for shelving in the narthex
• Discussed anniversary committee volunteer-table til janitor storage area
Talked about the need for a zone controller for the
• A letter was received from ELCA main office with speakers
another covenant for 2010. Joan will check into. We
would like some kind on communication through out the WORSHIP & DEVOTION
year from our designated missionaries. Members Present:
• VBS at Horse Creek will be July 25-28
We discussed ways to help the disaster in Haiti. Possibly The January 10th cookie Jar went to St. Dysmas,
teaming up with Worship & Devotional Life for Souper rest of January to Lutheran disaster response for Haiti.
Bowl Sunday. We worked on preparing a new Worship survey to
gather input regarding our two worship services. Sharon
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION will try to get it ready for use the next few Sundays.
The Christian Education Committee met on January 13. The Lenten service schedule will begin with our
Members present were Carol Buchmann, Cathy Muston, Ash Wednesday worship on Feb. 17th. Lenten midweek
Jana Graff and Darcy Swier. services will be held here on Feb. 24th and Mar. 24th.. An
afternoon worship will be offered at 4:30.
Sunday School materials have been ordered for the Spring February 7th will be our traditional Souper Bowl of
Semester and should be arriving by January 20. Caring worship service. The Sunday School children will be
Music for Sunday School was discussed. We will use CDs
until Amy gets back. We will check on a schedule for bells.
3 year – 6th grade will sing on Super Bowl Sunday.
Jana will order the palms for Palm Sunday.
Our next meeting will be February 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Attendance: Jim Norgaard, Bob Anderson, Jerry Petersen,
Welcomed new committee member Lonnie Kocmick
Walk behind floor scrubber and stage risers added to
Replaced batteries in the smoke detectors
Replaced light bulbs in balcony fan light
Replaced water stained ceiling tiles in 7th grade
For Your Health: Body, Mind & Spirit
What You Can Do to Prevent Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Nearly one in three
Americans has some form of heart disease. Although you can’t change some of your risk factors – such as family
history or age – the good news is that lifestyle changes can help control such heart disease risk factors as smoking,
high cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity and stress.
You can do several things to lower your risk for heart disease. Since February is National Heart Month, start
Don’t smoke. Smoking or using other tobacco products is one of the most significant risk factors for developing
heart disease. No amount of tobacco exposure is safe (whether from smoking cigarettes, use of smokeless
tobacco, or exposure to second-hand smoke). If you are a tobacco user, call 1-866-SD QUITS (1-866-737-8487)
for assistance with quitting.
Know your blood pressure and your cholesterol levels – LDL, HDL, & triglycerides. Blood pressure and choles-
terol levels are good indicators of the health of your heart and blood vessels and should be part of your regu-
Eat heart-healthy foods. Replace foods high in saturated fat, trans fat or salt with healthier food choices, includ-
ing healthy snacks. Eat more vegetables, fresh fruits, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, fish and poultry.
Watch your weight. Obesity raises triglyceride levels, which promotes heart disease. Exercise and healthy eating
is the best way to lose weight.
Increase your physical activity. Physical activity helps control your weight and can reduce your chances of devel-
oping other conditions that may also put a strain on your heart, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol,
and diabetes. Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.
Manage your stress. Stress can increase your cholesterol levels and blood pressure, thus contributing to heart
disease. Physical activity, relaxation exercises, hobbies and other enjoyable leisure activities all can reduces
stress. Having supportive people in your life with whom you can share your feelings or concerns can help re-
lieve stress as well.
Heart disease is often avoidable. Adopting a heart-healthy lifestyle isn’t complicated, but changing one’s hab-
its can be hard. Try making one change at a time. Another suggestion: making lifestyle changes as a family can
make it easier for everyone to prevent or control their risk for heart disease. Your reward? You and your family
may well enjoy a healthier life for years to come!
Be well ….. and have a happy Valentine’s day!
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Sunday, February 7
There will be a meal
following the 10:30
worship in the
Family Life Center Begins February 17th with Ash Wednesday
Wear the football jersey
of your choice!
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1 2 9:00 am Quilting 3 4 5 6
Pastor’s Day Off 7:00 pm Adult Bible 9:00 am Crafts Noon: Pastor at LSS
Study 5:30 pm Confirmation Advisory Board
7:00 pm KMA
7:05 pm HS Ministry
7 Souper Bowl of Caring 8 9 10 11 12 13
8:15 & 10:30 am Worship/HC Pastor’s Day Off 9:00 am Crafts
SS children singing 5:30 pm Confirmation
9:15 am Sunday School 7:00 pm Adult Bible 7:00 pm Health Ministry
9:15 am Choir
9:15 am Fellowship
11:30 am iFaith/FLC
14 8:15 & 10:30 am Worship/HC 15 16 17
17 18 19 20
NO Sunday School Pastor’s Day Off 9:00 am Crafts
9:00 am Crafts 6:00 pm Primetime
9:15 am Choir President’s Day NO Confirmation
NO Confirmation (note new time)
4:30 & 7:00 pm
9:15 am Violet Wehde’s 4:30 pm & 7:00 pm
Ash Wednesday Service
85th Birthday/DR Ash pm Council
8:00 Wednesday Service
Blood Pressure Screening 8:00 pm Council
21 8:15 & 10:30 am Worship 22 23 24 25 26 27
9:15 am Sunday School Pastor’s Day Off 9:00 am Crafts 7:00 Book Club
9:00 am Crafts
9:15 am Choir 7:00 pm Lenten service
7:00 pm Lenten Service
9:15 am Fellowship (Youth Serves)
6:30 pm HS Winter Olympics/ 8:00 pm Council
8:00 pm Women’s
FLC (following worship)
28 8:15 & 10:30 am Worship Lenten Schedule
9:15 am Sunday School 2/17 4:30 & 7:00 pm Ash Wednesday at West Nidaros
7:00 pm Lenten Worshp
9:15 am Choir @ Benton Lutheran 2/24 7:00 pm at West Nidaros
9:15 am Fellowship 3/3 7:00 pm at Benton
3/10 7:00 pm at Willow Creek
3/17 7:00 pm at Benton
John Family Service Group Schedule for the Month of February
Paul Family Group serves in March
Sunshine & HyVee cards for February:
Date Feb. 7 Feb. 7 Feb. 14 Feb. 14 Feb. 17 Feb. 21 Feb. 21 Feb. 28 Feb. 28
8:15 am 10:30 am 8:15 am 10:30 am 7:00 pm 8:15 am 10:30 am 8:15 am 10:30 am
Acolyte Jacob Thom Nathan Skorr Connor Fritz Mariah Swier Luke Weinacht Riley Jurgenson Logan Zeisler Abby Mork McKenzie
Communion Janelle Carol Joan Phillips Cyndi Bergh
Assistant Hindbjorgen Breitkreutz
Organist Marge Hegge Marge Hegge Lavonne Burns Lavonne Burns Barb Graves Barb Graves Jill Rye Jill Rye
Greeters Mark Pulscher Gaylon Wehde Vince Hanson Vince Hanson
Name Tags Lorraine Rye Deloris Bunde Margie Hanson
Ushers Pat Heitkamp Keith Lapour Gaylon Wehde Jim Anderson Kent Johnson Bill Bunde Reuben Phillips Bob Orton
Bob Anderson Jason Carls
Readers Erika Lapour Jolene Wehde Bob Anderson Erika Lapour YOUTH: Joan Phillips Vince Hanson
PA. Operator Kent Johnson Bob Anderson Cheryl Cheryl Jerry Petersen Ron Hegge Bob Anderson Kent Johnson
Coffee 9:15 am: 9:15 am 9:15 am 9:15 am
Servers Kent and Cindy Johnson Gaylon & Jolene Wehde Lorraine Rye & Ashley Albright Joan & Reuben Phillips
(Violet Wehde’s 85th Birthday)